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behind the scenes

Without being widely known or attracting attention. Referring to the private portion of a venue, operation, or production, as opposed to the public part. Let's have a round of applause for all the people who worked behind the scenes to give us such a great event! Sure, they seem happy together, but who knows what happens behind the scenes. I can't believe we're going to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the castle!
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behind the scenes

without receiving credit or fame; out of public view. (Referring originally to those who worked on a theatrical piece but do not appear on the stage.) The people who worked behind the scenes are the real heroes of this project. I worked behind the scenes in the play. We should thank the people who are behind the scenes of our success.
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behind the scenes

In secret or private, away from public view, as in His struggle for the top position took place strictly behind the scenes. This term alludes to the various activities that go on behind the curtain in theaters, out of the audience's view. [Late 1700s] Also see behind closed doors.
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behind the scenes

COMMON If someone does something behind the scenes, they do it in private or secretly, rather than publicly. Both countries have been working behind the scenes to try to free the hostages. The debate has been going on behind the scenes for months. Note: You can also use behind-the-scenes before a noun. The debate was postponed for a third time after another day of intensive behind-the-scenes negotiations. Note: This refers to the scenes or scenery used on the stage in the theatre, and was originally used to refer to those events in a play that took place off-stage.
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behind the scenes

in private; secretly.
This expression alludes to the area out of sight of the public at the back of a theatre stage.
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behind the ˈscenes

(of discussions, arrangements, etc.) not seen by the public: The general public knows very little about what happens behind the scenes in politics.There was a lot of behind-the-scenes activity at the peace conference.
This expression refers to the parts of the stage in a theatre which the audience cannot see.
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behind the scenes

1. Backstage.
2. Out of public view; in secret.
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The juxtaposition of Keckley's and Lincoln's lives becomes more evident when one considers the tension between privacy and revelation in Behind the Scenes.
As Zafar argues, Behind the Scenes contains an "intriguing double-veiling" that can be found in the writing of other African American women, as the authors "withdraw the veil from the frivolous and self-centered nature of their white women employers at the same time they draw the veil over their own lives" (154).
One manual, Etiquette at Washington: and Complete Guide through the Metropolis and its Environs, published eleven years before Behind the Scenes, instructed readers in what Halttunen calls an "unusually explicit statement of the theatrical nature" of the hostess's task that "the internal machinery of a household, like that portion of the theater 'behind the scenes,' should [ldots] be studiously kept out of view" (qtd.
When one considers "the laws of polite social geography" in general and the idea that the household's machinery was to be kept behind the scenes in particular, one begins to realize the subversive implications of Keckley's title.
Interestingly, Keckley deflects her decision to go behind the scenes and reveal the private, domestic life of Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln by describing the seemingly inappropriate desires of others to do something quite similar.
Indee d, the ire directed toward Mary Todd Lincoln in one review of Behind the Scenes shows the anxiety generated by alleged social climbers.
Yet if we consider Behind the Scenes in relation to laws of acquaintanceship and to laws of tact, we see that Keckley has violated the rules of the genteel performance on both accounts.
By analyzing each one in turn, we begin to see just how thoroughly Behind the Scenes unmasks Mary Todd Lincoln's performance.
Exciting investor returns may blind the investor to the true infrastructure deficiencies that can exist behind the scenes.
Still, Karadzic's hard-line nationalist colleagues remain in power and there is wide suspicion that he will continue to exert influence behind the scenes.